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Article Thumbnail Image This map sheet with accompanying Geographic Information System (GIS) project is an update of the existing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Conterminous U.S. Coal Fields map. This update was compiled using data primarily from the USGS National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) and information from...
Tuesday, April 02, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The Organic Petrology Laboratory (OPL) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center in Reston, Virginia, contains several thousand processed coal sample materials that were loosely organized in laboratory drawers for the past several decades...
Thursday, September 27, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Increased demand for energy is driving rapid development of oil and gas, uranium, geothermal, wind, and solar sources of energy throughout the Western United States. Much of the energy development is occurring on public lands, which represents about 40 percent of Colorado and New Mexico...
Monday, June 20, 2011  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image This report provides extensive details of  an in-place assessment of the oil shale and nahcolite resources of the Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado.  It includes 7 chapters, geospatial and tabular datasets.
Monday, October 04, 2010  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image This report provides extensive details of  an in-place assessment of the oil shale  resources of the Uinta Basin of Utah and Colorado.  It includes 7 chapters, dozens of digital maps and geospatial and tabular data.
Monday, October 04, 2010  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image This report releases a database of digitized Fischer (shale-oil) assays of cores and cuttings from boreholes drilled in the Eocene Green River oil shale deposits in southwestern Wyoming.  
Tuesday, September 07, 2010  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image This publication includes updated files containing Fischer assays of samples of core holes and cuttings from exploration drill holes drilled in the Eocene Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of northwestern Colorado.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009  Type: Publication

Overview

The Colorado Plateau is a large physiographic region, roughly centered on the Four Corners Region of the southwestern United States. This website provides an overview of the various studies the USGS Energy Resources Program has conducted in this area:

  • Oil and Gas Assessments of the Uinta-Piceance Basin, Paradox Basin, San Juan Basin and Northern Arizona Basin
  • Oil Shale Assessments of the Uinta and Piceance Basins
  • Coal Studies of several different areas including: Danforth Hills, Kaiparowits Plateau, Lower White River, Piceance Basin, San Juan Basin, Wasatch Plateau and Yampa Coal Field
  • Uranium Resource and Impact studies
  • Geothermal Potential

Research

National Oil and Gas Assessments: Colorado Plateau Focus Area
National Oil and Gas
Assessments

National Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has completed several assessments of the Colorado Plateau:

Uinta Piceance Basin
Paradox Basin
San Juan Basin


National Coal Resource Assessment: Colorado Plateau Focus area
National Coal Resource
Assessment

National Coal Resource Assessment

The National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) project was a multi-year effort by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Program to identify, characterize, and assess the coal resources that will supply a major part of the Nation’s energy needs during the next few decades. NCRA data and publications are available on the NCRA Colorado Plateau page.


Coalbed Methane Assessment: Colorado Plateau Focus Area
Coalbed Methane Assessment

Coalbed Methane Assessment

Coalbed methane assessments for the Colorado Plateau are currently available for the following basins:

Uinta Piceance Basin
San Juan Basin

 

 

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